NJBIZ Honors Phillip Griffin With Icon AwardAugust 20, 2019 – Press Releases
As a testament to his longstanding dedication to growing Fox Rothschild LLP into a New Jersey powerhouse and transforming businesses throughout the Garden State, NJBIZ has named Phillip E. Griffin among its 2019 Icon Award winners.
The award spotlights seasoned New Jersey business leaders for their “notable success and demonstration of strong leadership.”
Griffin’s leadership and strategic planning as a partner and Chair Emeritus of the firm have been central to Fox’s growth – first into a regional leader in the 1990s and early 2000s and, more recently, into a national law firm.
Griffin facilitated the firm’s expansion in the Garden State, transforming it into one of the largest firms in New Jersey, with offices in Atlantic City, Princeton and Morristown. His strategy, aligned with that of firm leaders Mark Silow and Abraham Reich, laid the foundation for Fox’s extraordinary national growth over the past decade, during which Fox more than doubled in size by headcount and number of offices.
A titan in New Jersey’s legal community, Griffin has also guided the development and success of scores of New Jersey companies during his four-decade legal career. He centers his practice on corporate work, primarily in the health care industry, ranging from mergers and acquisitions to tax and estate planning. He helps businesses of all sizes navigate sales and purchases and guides closely held and family businesses in long-term strategizing and succession planning.
Griffin is a legitimate “rocket scientist,” having worked as an aerospace engineer on the design team of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jumbo jet in Long Beach, CA, and as a TIROS weather satellite project engineer at RCA Astro Electronics in Hightstown, NJ, prior to his legal career.
An industry visionary, Griffin has also received the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year Award. He is a past president and trustee of the Mercer County Bar Association, past president of Greenacres Country Club and past board member of St. Francis Medical Center. Griffin has served as vice chair of the Princeton Quadrangle Club Graduate Board, president of the Jewish Family Service of the Delaware Valley and on the Lower Makefield Township Ethical Standards Board.
He earned his J.D. from Rutgers Law School, his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and his B.S.E., magna cum laude, in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University.
Griffin was honored at an awards ceremony and profiled in a special supplement by NJBIZ on August 20.